Breech births: risky or safe?

An article has found that world-wide, the era of caesarean for breech presentation has come to an end. There are now established guidelines (eg Canada, UK) enabling breech babies to be born safely.

The sorts of things that health practitioners will take into account when a woman has a breech baby  are:

  1. The woman's wishes
  2. The estimated size of the baby
  3. The position of the baby
  4. The health of the woman
  5. The health of the baby
  6. The position of the placenta
  7. The progress in labour

Research is now showing that there is a lower risk to women delivering a breech baby vaginally than by caesarean, and recommends that women birth in an upright position such as kneeling or all-fours.

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